Spring 2019 Update

May 21, 2019

COMMUNITY SOUNDING BOARD KICKS OFF

After reviewing more than 70 applications for the Community Sounding Board (CSB), Enterprise Service selected 25 individuals with diverse interests to participate. Final selection achieves a balance of members based on geography and organization representation, as well as a diverse group of member interests based on the 13 different interest categories listed in the CSB application. The group met for the first time on April 8, 2019 to discuss roles and responsibilities and provide feedback on elements of the EIS process.

ENTERPRISE SERVICES TEAM INTERVIEWED BY LOCAL RADIO HOST

Local KXXO radio host Dick Pust reached out to the Enterprise Services team to get an update on the EIS process. Bill Frare, Assistant Director Facility Professional Services, and Carrie Martin, Project Manager at Enterprise Services, discussed the project status and overall goals for long-term management of Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary.

EXECUTIVE AND TECHNICAL WORK GROUPS

The Executive and Technical Work Groups recently met to discuss and provide feedback on the water quality analysis methodology and the process that will be used to define the alternatives to be analyzed in the EIS.

CSB AND WORK GROUP MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE

The next series of meetings are as follows:

  • CSB – June 5, 2019, 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Executive Work Group – June 6, 2019, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Funding and Governance Work Group – June 7, 2019, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Technical Work Group – June 7, 2019, 1 – 3 p.m.

All Work Group and CSB meetings are open to the public and are held at Department of Enterprise Services, 1500 Jefferson Street SE in Olympia. Agendas, summaries and materials are available on the project website. Video of Executive Work Group meetings is also available on YouTube (links are included on the project website).

FIELDWORK AHEAD

As a detailed scope of study for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) comes into focus, the EIS project team is developing work plans for the technical analyses that are needed to evaluate long-term management alternatives. Field work to obtain necessary data to inform many aspects of the EIS analysis will begin this spring/summer. You may also see members of the EIS project team in the area as they conduct early site visits!

The Department of Enterprise Services (Enterprise Services) is coordinating closely with the state Department of Ecology to determine timing for some field work, such as bathymetric surveys and water quality sampling. Ecology is currently overseeing a spill cleanup in the area, including portions of Capitol Lake.

A small skiff rests on the shoreline of a lake.

A survey skiff with mounted equipment (representative photo above) will be used to conduct bathymetric surveys.

A field researcher sets up equipment along a lake shoreline.

Handheld equipment will be deployed from a small boat (representative photo above) during water quality sampling.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Work continues on the technical analyses that will form the foundation of the EIS. The Draft EIS is expected to be issued in 2020, followed by a public comment period. Enterprise Services will continue to engage the project work groups and the CSB throughout development of the EIS. We will continue to provide periodic updates as more information becomes available.